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Laceration Jam 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b R

Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Jim Kennedy and Dave Mital
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Submitted By: Travis Hibbard on Feb 15, 2007
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The first pitch of Laceration Jam


Located towards the south end of Palisade Head Laceration Jam takes an aesthetic line up a striking hand crack. The second pitch takes you up a wide crack around the corner to a belay ledge. The third and less memorable pitch takes you through a roof and up a chimney to the top.

A great route in an even better location.


P1 The crux pitch leads up the crack, past the overhang, to an airy stance on the left. Belay takes orange tcu, .75 BD, and 3 BD. Or skip this and link into 2.

P2 Continue up into wider terrain and traverse right around the corner to a ledge with an old pin belay. Back up with pro in crack if necessary.

P3 Traverse around block and climb through an overhang (5.8) and up a chimney (5.6R) to the topo.

Rack: Singles of Orange Tcu - .75 BD, Doubles from 1-4 BD with an optional 5 for P2.

Photos of Laceration Jam Slideshow Add Photo
Negotiating the crux
Negotiating the crux
Chris on Laceration Jam <br /> <br />Photo: Travis Hibbard
Chris on Laceration Jam

Photo: Travis Hibbard
Following the incredible 2nd pitch.
Following the incredible 2nd pitch.
me on laceration <br />photo:Taylor Krosbakken
me on laceration
photo:Taylor Krosbakken
Chris Deulen on the second pitch traverse.
Chris Deulen on the second pitch traverse.
Chris on Laceration Jam <br /> <br />Photo: Travis Hibbard
Chris on Laceration Jam

Photo: Travis Hibbard
Sam cranking in some foot jams in the first pitch.
Sam cranking in some foot jams in the first pitch.
Topping out on the 5.6R chimney.
Topping out on the 5.6R chimney.
On the belay at the top of Pitch 1. Photo: Darin Limvere.
On the belay at the top of Pitch 1. Photo: Darin L...
Darin Limvere on the first pitch. October, 2006.
Darin Limvere on the first pitch. October, 2006.
Chris on Laceration Jam <br /> <br />Photo: Travis Hibbard
Chris on Laceration Jam

Photo: Travis Hibbard
andrew seconding laceration <br />photo: Taylor Krosbakken
andrew seconding laceration
photo: Taylor Krosbakk...
The first and beginning of the second pitch of Laceration Jam. Head up the straight crack and stop for a belay off to the left, they for the second follow the crack as it heads up right and traverses around the corner.
BETA PHOTO: The first and beginning of the second pitch of Lac...
Hanger at the top of the chimney <br />Photo by: Matt Johnson
BETA PHOTO: Hanger at the top of the chimney
Photo by: Matt Jo...
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By Kris Gorny
Feb 16, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

Mike Farris's guidebook mentions a chockstone wedged at the end of the first pitch. This chockstone, backed up with a #4.5-#5 cam could at the time be used for a hanging belay. We repeated the climb in October 2006 and the chockstone is no longer there. We ended up on a hanging belay off two large cams. I would recommend setting a safer belay sooner -- on the ledge on Christmas Tree Crack. It's on the left just past the overhang.

By Travis Hibbard
Feb 18, 2007

Thanks for the beta and pictures for the route, the 1st pitch is awesome, and I can't wait to try all three once it gets nice out again.

By ferrells
From: Minneapolis, MN
Oct 25, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

This was one of the first 5.10 trad routes I ever tried, and I was in way over my head. The first pitch is a wonderful, sustained, slice and dice affair with great pro. On my first attempt, I took what was, to my young mind, a monster whipper on this pitch (perhaps 25 feet - and my first lead fall). Shaky and scared, I placed all my gear low, and didn't have anything bigger than a number 9 hex, and number 3 camalot. After climbing above my last piece - that number three camalot, I gunned it for the belay ledge, and whipped out of a couple of fist jams near the end (first fist jams I ever did).
I finished the pitch, but in poor style (without lowering and pulling rope). Without anything bigger than a number 3 camalot, the second pitch was all but un-protectable. My partner climbed up a little ways, girth hitched a round stone half-way lodged inside the crack, and having no other way to protect the crack, almost shit his pants as he climbed above the "pro". He came down, and gave me the sharp end. I climbed the big right leaning crack without gear, and placed the number three camalot just as the crack wrapped around the corner. I will never forget going around the corner, having no idea what I would find (we didn't bring the topo), and seeing an unprotectable hand traverse stretching far to my right.
I finished the pitch and we finished the route, and it stands as one of the best experiences of my life.
I went back last year and did the route again with another partner, without falling, and with gear that fit the crack. It wasn't as hard as I remember (I now know how to jam, and have climbed much harder routes), but it was just as good, with some of the best exposure and best climbing in the region.

By Kris Gorny
Oct 30, 2007
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

That's a cool story. When I climbed it with Adam Therneau, we set up a hanging belay on that chockstone and were both hanging off of it. Then, standing at the second belay, I heard Adam yell to me that the chockstone moved as he stepped on it. We were lucky. I guess this thing eventually fell off on its own or else we'd hear about it.

By chris deulen
From: Merriam, Kansas
Jun 30, 2008

I would definitely recommend a double set of #2-4, with a 4.5 and/or a 5 for the upper section. This can be done in two pitches, with enough runners to help the drag, and would make a stellar first pitch. The traverse is creepy; the razor sharp edge feels like its going to break off at any instant! Classic route.

By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Oct 28, 2008

with big gear, not R.

By Rob P.
From: Bay Area
Nov 21, 2008

This route is great! First pitch is a beautiful sustained ~10b/c handcrack with good placements. Second pitch is a little freaky traversing the razor edge(I cut the inside of my palm leading this pitch) with marginal feet. Overall GREAT climb, a must do.

From: Duluth Mn
May 4, 2009
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13

If you combine the first two pitches it woul be usefull to have 3 #2's, 4 #3's, 2 #4's, and 1 #5 BD's. Otherwise this is probably a R rating in my opinion. The last pitch can be safely protected the whole way. There is a finger crack to the right of the chimney that takes gear well but is pretty mossy.

By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
May 24, 2010

FYI: I removed fixed #4 Camalot from the top of the 1st Pitch

By ferrells
From: Minneapolis, MN
Jun 20, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b

a fixed no. 4 camalot! lucky dog

By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 28, 2010

When I was 18 this route triggered an epiphany that rumbled deep inside me... A freshman, once again, in college, as well as, on the stone... I struggled through the learning curve of hand/wide hands with a minimal rack of cams and probably made it by, by fear alone. When I set my first hanging belay with bloody hands and a racing heart, there was no turning back on crack climbing or adventurous stone. I do love the North Shore.

By Ryan Justen
From: St. Paul, MN
Jul 5, 2011

I carried my #6 Camalot all the way up this planning on shoving it in on the 2nd pitch... it doesn't fit. Bring #5 BD (purple, not the old green size) Camalot for extra pro on 2nd pitch, however a 3rd #4 would probably work just as well, depending on how close you like your gear. A very large hex (BD #11) would be nice on P2 as well.

The rusty bolts at the end of the second pitch can be backed up with a larger cam #4, 5, or 6 BD (if you saved one).

The flake on P2 is as easy as playground monkey bars, but feeling it move while you pull on it (in certain places) and placing gear behind it makes the adrenaline levels rise...

If this climb was solid Yosemite Granite you'd see a lot more traffic on it.

By J.Roatch
From: Twisp, WA
Aug 13, 2011

perfect first pitch, beautifully smooth crack with a few larger areas. The last two pitches actually felt more difficult to me, probably was the mindset.